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Old 27.05.2011, 17:47
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how can I find out how much tax I will pay?

I am moving to Zurich canton in August to start work in September for a 12 month contract.
My employer has already sent me a yearly gross amount and a monthly gross amount. And also net for social security, along with a sheet about withholding tax. (which I gather is the same as payroll tax or PAYE in the UK...).
I think I would be tariff B as a 'half family' as they very nicely describe divorced with child. But I can not find anywhere how much withholding tax I would have to pay.
I think it's different in different cantons, so maybe that's why it's not on the information sheet.
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Old 27.05.2011, 17:51
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I am moving to Zurich canton in August to start work in September for a 12 month contract.
My employer has already sent me a yearly gross amount and a monthly gross amount. And also net for social security, along with a sheet about withholding tax.(which I gather is the same as payroll tax or PAYE in the UK...).
I think I would be tariff B as a 'half family' as they very nicely describe divorced with child. But I can not find anywhere how much withholding tax I would have to pay.
I think it's different in different cantons, so maybe that's why it's not on the information sheet.
Any pointers would be very happily taken.
http://en.comparis.ch/steuern/quelle...r/default.aspx

Try this.

There will also be deduction for AVS, unemployment insurance and pension fund.
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Old 27.05.2011, 18:07
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Re: how can I find out how much tax I will pay?

I am also in regular employment in Switzerland. When I first moved I made the mistake of using the Comparis calculator to forecast my net income from the salary.

Unfortunately, I did not know my company could and would insist on paying Quellensteuer in GE (not my Canton of residence), nor that the refund would be 18 months after submitting the tax return. The comparis figure also misses a multitude of other deductions and additions.

My best advice is to invest an hour with a tax consultant (probably free first consultation) to gauge exactly what your income will be and plan your spending to take maximum deductions.

It was a rookie error on my part not to go straight to an expert, I hope you don't make the same mistake.
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Old 27.05.2011, 18:15
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Re: how can I find out how much tax I will pay?

Ahh, well I will be living and working in Zurich canton, so that should be ok.
The main secratary has said that she has taken ll mandatory social security payments off and it works out at about 12% which I think works out OK.
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Old 27.05.2011, 18:25
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Re: how can I find out how much tax I will pay?

One thing that will make a significant difference to your net income is whether or not your employer is paying your health insurance. Multinationals often do this, but temporary employees don't necessarily benefit from the offer.

If you have to pay your own health insurance, you would be looking at something like 350 CHF per month for yourself and 120 CHF for your child. The exact amount can vary quite a bit depending on where you live, how old you are and which insurance company you choose.
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One thing that will make a significant difference to your net income is whether or not your employer is paying your health insurance. Multinationals often do this, but temporary employees don't necessarily benefit from the offer.

If you have to pay your own health insurance, you would be looking at something like 350 CHF per month for yourself and 120 CHF for your child. The exact amount can vary quite a bit depending on where you live, how old you are and which insurance company you choose.
Thanks, I have to pay that, and have allowed CHF 500 in my budget.
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Thanks, I have to pay that, and have allowed CHF 500 in my budget.
500 is a lot. If you go to comparis.ch again you would be able to get a good idea of how much it would cost.
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Old 28.05.2011, 17:16
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Re: how can I find out how much tax I will pay?

I think 12-15% for the compulsory deductions (tax, pension, social security) is typical for Zurich Canton paying Quellensteuer.

Our health insurance has some extras and a big deductible and it averages to 270chf per adult and 70 per child, per month.
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Re: how can I find out how much tax I will pay?

I find the canton's tax offices website more accurate than Comparis. Here is the one for ZRH http://www.steueramt.zh.ch/html/steu...e_personen.htm
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